Friday, November 30, 2007

New Arizona policy choices report defines why sustainability matters for Arizona

[Source: ASU News] -- With Arizona’s population reaching 6 million people, and world population now exceeding 6.5 billion, nearly everyone is talking about sustainability. But the concept means many things to many people. In a new report, Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) open up the ideas contained in sustainability, defining the concept and then relating it to Arizona’s past, present, and future. The report, Sustainability for Arizona: The Issue of Our Age, gives decision-makers a clear understanding of the term and what it means to Arizona. As Morrison Institute Director Rob Melnick puts it, “Sustainability is about more than just being green. It’s about making policy choices that take the economy, society and the environment into account.”

The first report of its kind, Sustainability for Arizona is a primer on the subject as well as a targeted analysis for Arizona. In addition to thoughtful examinations of the state’s history, economy, environment, and society, Sustainability for Arizona presents the views of 24 leading policy thinkers in Arizona and across the country including Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of State; Brad Casper, CEO of Dial Corporation; Allen Affeldt, owner of La Posada Hotel and Mayor of Winslow; and Mandy Roberts Metzger, Flagstaff-area rancher and president of Diablo Trust. With essays from civic leaders, ranchers, developers, educators, business leaders, scholars, and others, the topics span a range and include water resources, education, historic preservation, innovation, health care, green building, and urban planning to present unique perspectives on sustainability’s implications for Arizona. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]